Elders pass Street Vendors Bill

Elders pass Street Vendors Bill

 Rajya Sabha on Wednesday passed the Street Vendors Bill, 2014,  that provides for protecting livelihoods rights, social security of street vendors  and the regulation of urban street vending.
 

Earlier, Lok Sabha had passed the Bill  in September 2013.

The legislation states that at least 2.5 per cent of a city’s population would be eligible for getting vending certificates and it would be mandatory to form Town and Zonal Vending Committee in each and every city.

Moving the Bill for consideration and Passing in the house on Wednesday, Dr Girija Vyas, Minister of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation, said “Street vending is not only a source of self-employment to the poor in cities and towns but also a means to provide ‘affordable’ as well as ‘convenient’ services to a majority of the urban population, especially the common man.”   The Bill says relocation of street vendors should be exercised as a last resort.

Accordingly, the Bill provides for a  set of principles to be followed for ‘relocation’.

National Association of Street Vendors of India national president Manali Shah and national coordinator Arbind Singh hailed the passage of the Bill in Rajya Sabha.

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